Rep. Griffin: Legislation an important step in licensing reform

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a plan sponsored by state Rep. Beth Griffin making it easier for an individual applying for a state occupational license to have his or her application accepted based on a determination of his or her moral character. Griffin’s legislation, House Bill 6111, is part of a bipartisan, five-bill plan…

Rep. Griffin to sit down with local residents

State Rep. Beth Griffin invites local residents to join her for local office hours on Monday, Oct. 8. Office hours are an opportunity for people to address the representative face-to-face with any questions or concerns about state government. “I have so much respect for the people of our community, and I am humbled that they…

Rep. Griffin invites residents to local office hours

State Rep. Beth Griffin invites local residents to join her for local office hours on Monday, Sept. 24. Office hours are an opportunity for people to address the representative face-to-face with any questions or concerns about state government. “The best way for me to make informed decisions about legislation and gather inspiration for new legislation…

Rep. Griffin to host veterans roundtable

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, today announced she will host a veterans roundtable locally in Paw Paw. All veterans are encouraged to attend and to ask questions that they may have regarding veteran benefits and state services. Deputy Director Tim Loney of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) will join the representative and share…

Rep. Griffin hosts district office hours

State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during regularly scheduled local office hours this August. “Engaging with residents in a casual setting is a great way to foster dialog and share ideas,” Griffin said. “I look forward to having discussions with people in the community and sharing with…

Rep. Griffin encourages support of local businesses during Buy Michigan Week

State Rep. Beth Griffin today encouraged residents in Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties to participate in Buy Michigan Week by considering locally made products and services. Purchasing goods and services locally has a positive impact on our communities, encouraging small business growth and increasing job opportunities while strengthening Michigan’s economy. “Residents with businesses in Southwest…

Rep. Griffin hosts district office hours

State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during regularly scheduled local office hours. “I look forward to talking with residents of Southwest Michigan about their state government,” Griffin said.  “Hosting office hours throughout the community helps me better represent our community and assist them with any questions that…

Good Government is Transparent and Accountable

A column by state Rep. Beth Griffin As your State Representative, I value transparency in state government, and I’m dedicated to holding state agencies and departments accountable. Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Michigan residents have a right to know what goes on in their government. Under a plan introduced earlier this year, state…

Griffin: South Haven receives $184,850 grant for downtown development

Funding will benefit small businesses, tourism State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced a $184,850 community development grant awarded to the city of South Haven by the Michigan Strategic Fund. The grants will fund two downtown façade projects to historically renovate the South Haven Masonic Temple (321 Center St.) and D&S Real Estate Management LLC (413…

COLUMN: Adding skills to our classrooms will build Michigan’s future

By State Rep. Beth Griffin As a teacher, I’m aware of the unique day-to-day challenges we face in our classrooms. Regardless of subject, our instructors have to focus on specific content while also seeking to cover as much subject matter as possible to help students grow and prepare for their next educational step. Current curriculum…